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4th of July at Rarity Bay is a long-standing tradition in the community in which began with the Rarity Bay Yacht Club (RBYC) many years ago. In 2016, the Rarity Bay Country Club (RBCC), Rarity Bay Women’s Club (RBWC), and RBYC hosted the first annual Community Wide 4th of July Celebration at RBCC. Together, these clubs host Rarity Bay’s largest (and best) event of the year!
This year, there were close to 650 friends and neighbors in attendance. The event began with a traditional cookout style buffet followed by the 4th of July parade, singing of the National Anthem by Karey Daniel, RBWC Carnival with tons of fun games, popcorn, Mayfield’s ice cream sandwiches, sno cones, live entertainment from GRITS, and the grand finale fireworks show thanks to Dixie Lee Fireworks.
The 4th Annual Community Wide 4th of July Celebration at RBCC was an outstanding success! A huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the event one to remember. The bond within this community is truly inspiring.
The Member Guest Tournament is a yearly tradition for Golf Members at Rarity Bay Country Club. It is one of our biggest and most anticipated events of the year. The tournament features three days of golf, a cocktail party with live entertainment, heavy hors d ‘oeuvres, putting contest, activities for the ladies and spouses of the participants, breakfast and lunches each day, Foot Joy shop with gifts, and a closing banquet with a three course dinner, awards, and dancing. We had the largest amount of participants this year with over 100 player’s and all were happy to report that everything was outstanding.
Day 1 of Rarity Bay’s 2019 Member Guest Tournament
This year’s golf rounds looked a little different considering the weather forecast was not in our favor. The participants played 27 holes of golf today (an extra 9 holes) followed by the putting contest and cocktail party at the Club. During the cocktail party we had a Tennis Ball Toss for the ladies. Thanks to our local business sponsors for donating all of the gifts. We hope business returns to you tenfold!
Day 2 of Rarity Bay’s 2019 Member Guest Tournament
Thankfully the weather held out for us again and we were able to finish up the last 18 holes of the tournament and the shootout. This is the first year we have had to squeeze in this many rounds of golf due to weather. We are so thankful that everyone in the tournament was patient and flexible with the schedule changes and had a great time during the tournament.
Day 3 of Rarity Bay’s 2019 Member Guest Tournament
The last day of the tournament. We closed out the tournament with the Closing Banquet featuring a three course dinner, awards, and dancing.
Congratulations to the Overall Member Guest Champions! Kathy & Ashleigh Mead won the Ladies division and Jim & Marc McCoy won the Men’s division.
The entire three day event was a complete success. We thank all of the participants for joining us this year and helping make this event complete. We hope to see you back next year!
The Rarity Bay Pickleball Club held their Annual Meeting after Dink & Dine at The Bay Bistro last Thursday evening. They recognized the 2018 Pickleball Club Board for their hard work and dedication to the Pickleball community here at Rarity Bay. They also appointed their new 2019 Pickleball Club President and board members. We would like to thank the Pickleball Club Boards (past & present) for their hard work and efforts in making Pickleball at Rarity Bay a fun and social sport.
LGA Opening Day!
The RB LGA kicked off the season with a Step Aside Scramble followed by a chili and baked potato bar at the Club. Nick Boruff, Head Pro, dressed up for the occasion and was on the 8th hole hitting tee shots for the ladies. It was a fun opening day and we look forward to a great season!
MGA Opening Day Tournament was held Saturday, March 23rd. We had a great turnout with 68 players and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Congratulations to all of our winners. We are looking forward to a great season!
Our St. Paddy’s Party did not disappoint! With green beer & cocktails, corn beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, bangers in guinness, Irish bread pudding, and live music from Vocal Point, everyone was in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. The party was a great success with over 100 in attendance. Thank you to everyone who came. We had a blast celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with you!
We had a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner at The Bay Bistro. Thank you to all of our members and guests for attending and to Sam & Stina for the wonderful jazz entertainment.
Walter Dryden has been part of the Rarity Bay community for 16 years. We are honored to know him and to have been a part of his celebration for his friends (this wasn’t a birthday party – even though he just turned 96)! Walter has a great heart for his family and friends and, with over 90 people in attendance at his party, it is evident they all reflect the same love for him. It was a very special evening that included fellowship, fun, food, entertainment from Bob Hurka, and a special performance from Kelly Shipe on the bagpipes. It’s safe to say his guests enjoyed the entire event. Happy birthday (again), Walter, we love you!
We are getting ready for an elegant evening at The Bay Bistro. Sam & Stina, the incredible jazz duo, will be singing from 5:30-8:30pm. This event is for Club Members only.
A huge thank you to all our patrons for making our New Year’s Eve Party such a resounding success and enormous thank you also to Justin and the kitchen staff, Corie and the FOH staff who truly stepped up to the plate (!) and to DJ Lou Robitaille who performed his last DJ gig here at RBCC – you will be greatly missed as the life of the party!
Everyone who attended the event has showered us with compliments. From the abundant food to the fun photo ops and entertainment, the evening was one to remember!
The Madrigal Singers are a group of young men and women from Farragut High School under the new direction this year of Marquis Dotson. The group has been in existence for over 35 years and just had their eighth performance at Rarity Bay Country Club. The Singers perform during Advent Season in garb appropriate from the 14th-16th century periods – from which the music also comes. The performance was interactive through the dinner courses and featured fun audience sing-along caroling. The evening was enjoyed by all! A big thank you to Leslie Phillips and Kim Wood for all of their hard work in helping plan and organize this event.
The Rarity Bay Women’s Club hosted their “Tis a Time to Mingle and Jingle” at Rarity Bay Country Club. The event began with a Christmas Bazaar called the Bay Boutique followed by the Christmas Home Tour and “Tis a Time to Mingle and Jingle Dinner” with holiday entertainment. The entire event was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the ladies involved for making this a wonderful holiday event.
We had the honor of celebrating Veterans Day with family and veterans in the Rarity Bay community. The evening was enjoyed by all with a wonderful performance from Vocal Point along with a three course plated dinner executed by Chef Justin Holleman. It was an honorable evening. Thank you to all veterans for your service to this country. We are forever thankful for your sacrifice.
Everyone had a great time playing Night Golf. The evening started with dinner and cocktails at The Bay Bistro followed by nine holes of golf after sunset. Each player received a glow in the dark golf ball and the back nine holes were lit up with glow sticks and lights. Everyone raved about how much fun it was playing golf in the dark! We look forward to another Night Golf Event next year.
The Rarity Bay Yacht Club held their Annual Cornhole Tournament at Rarity Bay Country Club this past weekend. It was an event full of fun, laughter, prizes, and great food. Since the cornhole tournament was held during the Tennessee and Alabama football game, the theme this year was SEC East vs. SEC West. Both teams played well and had a lot of fun.
The Wine Tasting Event was a wonderful evening with jazz, wine, and friends! The event had over 50 members in attendance, they enjoyed great jazz, hors d’oeuvres, and four new wines to taste. The participants received 50% off the featured wines and in turn over 50 bottles were ordered! Twenty of those bottles alone were the Borealis, a white blend.
Thank you to Ali with Beverage Control of Knoxville for showing off your product and giving our members a great experience. Another thank you to Sam & Stina for providing us with great jazz entertainment for the night.
Thank you to our members for attending and supporting this event. We look forward to another Wine Tasting Event soon!
The Rarity Bay Women’s Club had a great turnout for their Golf Cart Rally. After the rally, they gathered at the Club for dinner and fun. It was a a great success!
We celebrated Labor Day this past weekend with a Seafood Boil and end of summer party. Chef Justin and his team put together a wonderful array of seafood, sides, and desserts, southern rock band GRITS entertained the crowd and had them up and dancing, and Morgan had festive cocktail specials behind the bar. The event was a smash-hit with close to 70 Members and guests in attendance. Thank you to everyone that came and celebrated Labor Day with us. It was an evening enjoyed by all. We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!
What’s that sound you hear coming from the Pickleball courts?
It could be the unique “pop” made when the paddle contacts the ball or, more likely, it’s the sound of laughter from your friends and neighbors enjoying the fastest growing sport in the country!
Last April, along with the formation of the Rarity Bay Pickleball Club, a new Thursday event called “Dink & Dine” was created.
Dink & Dine was formed as a community wide social event to encourage Pickleball play in a relaxed, inclusive format. It’s a great way to meet new neighbors on the courts followed by social time in The Bay Bistro (pickleball attire is accepted in the Clubhouse). Depending on weather, play is typically one to two hours. Non-playing spouses and guests are always encouraged to join in for food and fun in The Bay Bistro after play.
The inaugural year for Dink & Dine has been very successful. The weekly attendance consistently has 25 to 35 people of all skill levels.
All Country Club Members are encouraged to join in on the Dink & Dine fun. If you would like to be added to the weekly Dink & Dine email list, or if you have any questions, please email Mark Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week’s schedule is announced in advance via email and early sign ups help us work with Corie and her staff to ensure smooth operation in the Clubhouse.
Guidelines for Pickleball at Rarity Bay:
- Court Shoes Required
- Paddles are Available (if you don’t own one)
- Must be a Country Club Member
Note: Membership in the Rarity Bay Pickleball Club is encouraged, but not required for Dink & Dine. For more information on the Rarity Bay Pickleball Club, please contact Jeff Laws at email@example.com
Rarity Bay Rentals
Rarity Bay Country Club in partnership with Premier Resort Management is pleased to introduce The Club Armada, our waterfront boat rental service exclusively for Rarity Bay Country Club Members. The Club Armada offers an array of over a dozen watercraft through reservation for every Club Member.
Jet Skis & Deck Boat
Jet Ski: $150/day
(2 or 3 rider capacity)
Deck Boat: $250/day
(14 rider capacity, tube and
skis available upon request)
Pedal Boats & Jon Boats
Pedal Boat: Free
(2 or 4 rider capacity)
Jon Boat: Free
(4HP, 3 or 4 rider
Kayaks, Canoes & Paddleboards
(2 or 3 rider capacity)
(2 or 3 rider capacity)
To make a reservation, email Jr at ClubManager@RarityBayLiving.com
Fishing poles available upon request for Jon Boat, Kayak, or Canoe rentals.
Life jackets included in all Club Armada rentals.
*Members will be charged a $25 no-show fee for canceling a reservation without 24 hours notice.
As 2017 gets underway, and with much to look forward to, we decided to take a moment and reflect on a few highlights for Rarity Bay and the club.
Back in March, our homebuilder, McCamy Construction, broke ground with two custom home projects: our design center (Lot 72) and our Parade Home (Lot 492). Both homes are a stunning new addition to Rarity Bay with rich detail, brick finishes, and a gorgeous view of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains.
If you’re looking for a home that really stands out from the rest, our Parade Home sets the bar to a whole new level.
With a transitional French country design, you will notice steep roof lines and hard angled pitches, custom trim detail, beautiful tile accents and all brick exterior.
Good design is evident in the details. After driving up the exposed aggregate driveway and entering the foyer, the 8’ doors and thick moldings really make an impact when you enter the home. The handsome patterned hardwood floors created with varying board widths grab your attention next.
Designed with an open floor plan, this home not only maximizes the indoor living space, but provides the homeowner a view of the beautiful outdoor scenery from almost every angle.
The kitchen and master bath include unique custom upgrades, such as taller cabinets for additional storage with more trim details, extra trim details all around (e.g. large crown molding, taller baseboards, and window trim), and tile accent features above the range and inside the shower.
While not the most prominent room in the house, the mudroom is certainly worth noting. With navy cabinets and a chair rail, there’s a place for everything.
As the Rarity Bay custom home builder, McCamy Construction focuses on transforming your vision of a perfect home into a reality at Rarity Bay through inspired design, careful craftsmanship, and flawless execution.
Their process delivers exceptional quality, functional beauty, and a transparent construction timeline right from the start. From contract to completion, McCamy guarantees a building experience like no other, because the most important aspect of your new home is you. Contact Grant McMahan to get started today. Email or call (865) 247-7068.
See our Home Collections on our Real Estate page.
Knoxville News Sentinel – Prepare to say howdy to new neighbors, because Tennessee’s reputation as a good place to retire just got yet another boost.
In a new report, Kiplinger, a publishing company that specializes in personal financial advice and business forecasts, rates Tennessee the fourth-best state for retirees.
The report touts Tennessee’s affordability — rating it “tax friendly” while estimating the state’s cost of living to be 2 percent below the U.S. average and its health-care costs for a retired couple to be below average at $376,365.
“Every major metro area offers below-average living costs in almost every category of expenses, including health care and taxes,” Kiplinger reports.
“And being economically healthy, Tennessee should have no issues maintaining its tax-friendliness; it ranks eighth of all states for fiscal soundness, according to a recent report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.”
Some 923,000 of Tennessee’s 6.5 million residents (14.2 percent) are age 65 or older.
“To be named as one of the top five retirement destinations in the country is an accolade of which we can be proud as we continue to build awareness,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, in a statement issued today. “We continue to tell the story of our low cost of living, no state income tax, low property taxes, four mild seasons, incredible quality of living and breathtaking scenic beauty through the Retire Tennessee program and people are noticing.”
Riding the wave of enthusiasm generated by last October’s Parade of Homes in Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake, the newly selected Bay Builders met with principals of Salem Pointe Capital prior to the holidays to map out plans for new home construction in 2016.
Brand building involves more than designing a logo. It goes beyond building a website and printing brochures. It’s more important than the mark, colors and typeface embroidered on shirts in the pro shop.
With that bowl of trick-or-treat candy emptied, it must be time to start planning for the holidays. Whether you are planning a party or just looking for a juicy drumstick, Rarity Bay Country Club is your answer.
Members can spend more time with family and less time in in the kitchen by taking advantage of the Thanksgiving Buffet at Rarity Bay on Sunday, Nov 22. Dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by Vocal Point. Reservations may be made by calling 423-884-3020.
If you are hosting a holiday event, let us take the stress out of the planning. Some availability remans at Rarity Bay Country Club for private parties. Or if you are interested in having us cater an event in your home, we can do that!
Over the last several months, that question is being posed more and more often as an affirmative statement.
That’s because a few key changes and thoughtful investments in the food and beverage services at Rarity Bay Country Club are transforming the dining experience.
To say that the addition of Chef Justin Holleman has been well received is akin to saying we have some nice views here at the Bay. Chef Justin has introduced a tasty array of menu options, all prepared with an attention to detail to satisfy any palette. And our members noticed, returning to dinner at the Club in growing numbers.
With an eye on continuing to improve quality and service, Rarity Bay has tripled its kitchen staff, including the addition of experienced and talented sous chefs from several top restaurants. This has allowed the Club to expand dinner service from only two nights a week to four, including every weekend evening. We also added a Sunday brunch.
“With the initial response from members when we brought in Chef Justin, we felt like we were on the right track,” says Salem Pointe Capital’s Michael Ayres, who oversees Management Operations at Rarity Bay. “At the same time, while great food is essential, we realized that the dining experience extends beyond that. So we’re really working hard to continue to get better and better at every aspect — from consistency of food quality to great guest service to creating a really special a ambiance.
“Ideally, we’re creating a situation where dinner at the Club is the first choice.”
A new menu is the next step. Members have been gnoshing on some new appetizers and sampling some special items of late that could become regular offerings. Some of the most popular items seem to be the shrimp cocktail, yellow fin tuna stack served with Asian slaw, and the hoisin ribs.